July 26, 2010
|Rear Admiral Morteza Saffari.|
Iran’s military leaders are trying to reassure their people that the nation would stand strong against a possible U.S. or Israeli attack on its homeland if launched. Iranian state controlled news agencies over the weekend featured a number of stories quoting high- ranking Iranian Republican Guard members who stressed that the nation was fully capable of repelling any assault that U.S. threw at it. The tough talk from Iran’s military leaders, despite what they said, is a sign that its government believes the threat is real and is trying to raise its nation’s confidence in the war of words before any real fighting begins.
A top official in Iran’s Navy– Rear Admiral Morteza Saffari– claimed that hostile U.S. warships would be “easy targets” for Iran’s over 100 military vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, which would swarm the warships if provoked. “As soon as the Supreme Leader wishes,” he said, ”or in case the enemy dares to exercise the smallest threat against the Islamic establishment, all the IRGC troops together with those Basij forces who have had the necessary trainings are ready to show rapid reaction to them.”
Another top official, IRGC Lieutenant Commander General Hossein Salami, told the press that Iran is now capable of mass-producing its home-made ballistic missiles, claiming that Iran had reached a “never-ending point” in increasing its quantity.